Salt - Mix 1/2 cup salt and a quart of hot water. Pour the salt water mixture down your drain to give it a good cleaning.
- To deodorize and dry out shoes, stuff them with newspaper overnight. Note: to keep shoes from smelling, don't wear them two days in a row.
- To freshen food containers or themoses, stuff with newspaper and let it sit overnight.
- Some people swear by using newspaper to clean windows. I don't like ending up with black hands!
Coffee filters - use them to clean windows or glass if you run out of paper towels. They don't leave any lint or residue. (And for a vice versa - if you run out of coffee filters, you can use paper towels in your coffee maker!)
Olive oil - rub on stainless steel or chrome to shine them. Ammonia and similar products can dull or corrode them.